Lawrence Tech, Johnson Controls Unite to Improve Fuel Economy


A partnership between Lawrence Technological University and Johnson Controls aims to improve fuel economy through identifying new energy storage technologies.

As part of the collaboration, Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls, which operates a large technology center in Plymouth Township, will donate and install state-of-the-art test equipment as well as provide the university with various technical resources.

“We believe strongly in building the next generation of technical leaders through academic partnerships,” says MaryAnn Wright, vice president of engineering and product development for Johnson Controls Power Solutions. “Our partnership with LTU is an example of our commitment to developing new battery technologies. It is also an investment in both the future of academic research in energy management as well as the development of the talent pipeline for our industry.”

On the university’s side, LTU in Southfield, will offer its faculty expertise and research facilities in energy storage systems, electrification applications, modeling and simulation, and vehicle testing.

“The corporate partnership signals a new era of applied research and systems engineering that advances our theory and practice model of education to a new level of engagement,” says Virinder Moudgil, president of the university. “We are helping corporate partners develop market-based solutions while providing highly talented students with real-world experiences and skills that positively impact the companies they work for.”